SA paying Interpol R1.7m pa on October 12, 2011 released the following:

“South Africa pays international police organisation Interpol a membership fee of 162 956 euro a year (R1 755 707 this morning).

Answering a parliamentary question, the Ministry of Police says Interpol is primarily funded by compulsory annual contributions from member countries in the form of membership fees.

“Annual contributions ensure that member countries enjoy access to the entire technological spectra made possible by Interpol’s General Secretariat. These are considered as instruments offering real time intelligence beneficial to member countries in their fight against trans-national organised crime and countering international terrorism.

Contributions vary from country to country, taking into consideration the economic well-being, size and population of each particular member country.

South Africa renewed its membership during the 62nd General Assembly held on 29 September 1993 after a 39-year absence.

“South Africa has received much credit in its leadership ability in the continent of Africa and globally, especially in recognizing its technological advancement in the last decade. The international policing community has acknowledged South Africa’s ability to render support to neighbouring countries, especially with deployment of response or support teams to assist in times of major events, disasters or investigative capacity. The manner in which South Africa has advocated its strengths to manage events of great international magnitude has become a bench mark offered to Interpol’s member countries. This is supplemented in the Police’s vast experience and breakthroughs within its investigative abilities with internationally threatening crimes, like Maritime Piracy, which has won South Africa a place of recognition as having expertise in such fields that can serve as a foundation for best practices to Africa and the World.

Benefits include:
– Access to a Secure Police Global Communication Network: “aptly named the I-24/7 allowing for direct country to country rapid communication and responses, as well linking I-24/7 to Interpol General Secretariat Command and Coordination Centre for assistance across language barriers.”
– Access to Operational Data Services and Databases for Police: “containing approximately ten (10) databases that offer real time intelligence to counter trans-national organised crime. These are now being extended to ports of entries and ground level forces for effective utilisation.”
– Providing Operational Police Support Services: “Interpol offers a 24/7 support to all member countries in terms of assistance to liaise messages in different languages, 24/7 monitoring of global threats through the media and sharing information on tendencies and concerns with member countries, investigative support, deployment of Inerpol Major Events Teams, Interpol Response Teams to assist during times of disasters or investigation of specific threats and assistance with Disaster Victim Identification and managing arrests of fugitives as well as their extraditions.
– Providing Training and Development for Police: Interpol Lyon provides focused training for national police forces, and also offers on-request, advice, guidance and support in building dedicated crime-fighting components. The aim is to enhance the capacity of member countries to effectively combat serious trans-national crime and terrorism and create a common ground for skills development. Working through its Regional Bureau in Harare, Interpol has recognised the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) learning programmes and have assisted with its implementation in the region. South Africa hosts a fair number the SARPCCO Courses thereby ensuring that its members stand the most to benefit from regional and international practices.”

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